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IOA is delighted to cooperate with several major European opera houses in Antwerp & Ghent, Brussels, Essen (Germany), Oviedo (Spain), and in the Netherlands. Further, the IOA cooperates with conservatories in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Leuven and the School of Arts in Ghent. New collaborative ties have also been established with institutions and courses, cultural organisations and musical ensembles in Belgium and abroad.
Set up in 2013, the artistic board of the International Opera Academy now consists of delegates from various cultural and musical organisations (B’Rock, Gent Festival Vlaanderen, Klara Festival, Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen, La Monnaie/De Munt, LOD, Spectra, Transparant, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen) and department heads of several singing courses (conservatories in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven). The board examines concrete ways to improve education, in order to meet the actual needs and requirements of the professional world. The artistic board also initiates joint projects to allow students to become acquainted with professional practice during their training period. Finally, the board considers developments in our sector and reflects on how these can be incorporated into activities at the IOA.